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The Pub / I'm back
« on: September 15, 2012, 10:22:01 AM »
New homebrew store doesn't carry white labs. :( Brewing an Anchor Porter clone without Cali V. They have a ton of Denny's yeast though! Was very happy to see that. :) It'll do just fine.

Is that the yeast they cloned from Denny's beard? I can't remember.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anyone receive their copy of IPA yet?
« on: September 15, 2012, 05:58:34 AM »
- was hoping for some last-minute tips...

Hops. And lots of 'em. Hope I'm not too late.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 14, 2012, 12:45:07 PM »
It really is boiling down to semantics now. Personally, I don't care what people call themselves. Some of you have some pretty awesome beer out there. I know, because I've tried it. I'm just trying to give a little insight into how this is viewed in the industry. But, even as a homebrewer I was always quick to point out that I didn't consider myself a "brewmaster" for the reasons I mentioned above.

Not sure why anyone's discussion on here would be downgraded to a "tangent", but whatever, dude.

General Homebrew Discussion / When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 14, 2012, 12:24:33 PM »
But the question is HOMEBREW master. Quite different from the tangent some went off on.
I think of the Texas holdem adage -a few minutes to learn, a lifetime to master. It just takes more than a few minutes to learn.
To me, it would come off as extremely arrogant to refer to yourself as homebrew master. It is for others to refer to you that way.  Obviously it carries much more credibility depending on the source.   

Aloha everyone!  Hope you're having a great week so far.  Had a good friend pose a question to me the other day so I thought I'd ask your opinions.  He asked me if I considered myself a Brewmaster.

General Homebrew Discussion / When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 14, 2012, 10:31:04 AM »
You guys that call yourself a brew master would really crack up a true brewmasters (or at least cause an eye roll ;~) ). Just sayin'. I don't care what the dictionary says, in the industry you do not call yourself a brewmaster unless you have earned the title through apprenticeship or degree.

The Pub / Re: Thursday Football
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:40:51 AM »
ESPN is bad enough. Now the NFL channel? I may never watch a Thursday night game.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pellet packs
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:20:02 PM »
I don't bag my pellet dry hops. Just throw 'em in! They drop out with the yeast.

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA late hops additions combos advice
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:18:09 PM »
Willamette is not going to get you much in the way of citrus, but it can bump up the hop complexity. I like to add it to my IPA, along with Amarillo, Centennial and Columbus all at late hop additions.

General Homebrew Discussion / When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:03:53 AM »
Keith, I disagree.
If you are responsible for the recipes, production schedules, and quality control of your commercial brewery then you are THE Brewmaster.  You may also be, by default, the head brewer and chief keg washer, but I would take being THE Brewmaster of my own successful brewery over any educational credentials any day.

Like Nateo says, it is a degree that you earn. You would be ridiculed for calling yourself a Dr. or a PHD if you did not earn the degree.

I am also chief bottle washer and I have been known to clean and unclog the toilette, too. :D

Yes, even though I own my own commercial brewery I (usually) make sure to correct people when they call me a "brewmaster" because I have no formal education or degree in brewing. I think it is a good thing to be humble about such things, just laugh it off and appreciate the praise but make sure you explain that a true brewmaster has a formal education.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 13, 2012, 03:30:21 AM »
;D, heh.  Hey Blatz.  Nice to have you resurface.  I miss my fake friends. ;)

They are invisible friends. Not fake.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 03:42:50 PM »
Coming from a guy who has been lifting weights somewhat religiously since I was 18 (and younger if you count school athletics), I can tell you it can be done. But it is difficult to stay lean and drink regularly. The only success I ever had was when I abstained from drinking for the entire week-days and then drank moderately (usually) on the weekends. The type of beer we like is so full of calories that two beers a night even pushes close to or over 500 calories. Have a few more on the weekend and you are up over a thousand. The entire week can climb over 5000 calories for the entire week in carbs, which is not a recipe for maintaining a low body fat count. And it gets worse the older you get.

Don't want to be a downer but just thought I'd share my experience. And when I did have a six pack back in my twenties I didn't ever even give it a thought. Was just the way my body was. There is no way I could work hard enough (or cut my beer drinking back enough) to ever have a sixer again. But that's just me - good on you Ryan. Very impressive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Checking Back In.
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:12:55 AM »

Major - I guess I still owe you beer?  I thought the Jags/Titans split last year, but I don't mind - I'm bottling  a six pack this weekend of some IPA for my brother, so I'll put a few together.

Good to know you still don't know when I'm messing with ya. ;) I think we decided last year to exchange some beer but just never got around to it.

The Pub / I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:43:05 AM »
i haven't had a six-pack since my late 20s but I got pretty close in my late 30's up until my forties with running 24-30 miles/week and lifting weights 4 - 5 days. I had cut back drinking to weekends only. Since I opened the brewery, though, my mid section has continued to spread.

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